Monthly Archives: March 2015
Happy Thursday great Foodie friends,
Please find the media announcement from Global group via Serena PR regarding Chef Jamea Olberg joining the Glowbal Group.
Glowbal Restaurant Group Announces James Olberg as New Culinary Director and Executive Chef at
An accomplished culinary talent, Olberg brings years of experience to the table. His career has spanned more than two decades and includes positions held in kitchens across the country: The King Edward Hotel (Toronto); Sheraton Red Deer Hotel (Red Deer, AB); Queen Landing Hotel (Niagara-on-the-Lake), and La Société, a French bistro in downtown Toronto.
Active in the Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC), Olberg’s knowledge and creativity have earned him multiple medals at culinary competitions. As a member of Culinary Team Canada, Olberg earned four silver medals in the Bocuse d’Or, the most prestigious international professional cooking competition in the world. In 2017, Olberg will once again join Culinary Team Canada in the Bocuse d’Or, held in Lyon, France.
“It’s great to be back working with Glowbal Group in beautiful Vancouver,” says Chef Olberg. “What I’m most excited about are the region’s raw materials, especially its fabulous fish and seafood that have always inspired my cooking.”
“We are thrilled to welcome James back to the Glowbal family,” says Emad Yacoub, Proprietor of Glowbal Restaurant Group. “Highly skilled and graceful under pressure, he brings a wealth of experience to COAST. We are proud to be working with him again.”
Olberg will take over culinary operations at COAST from Pedro Gonzalez, the current Executive Chef. Gonzalez is leaving his COAST post to lead the kitchen brigade at the new Glowbal Grill, opening this summer at TELUS Garden.
About Glowbal Restaurant Group
Glowbal Restaurant Group is comprised of 10 restaurants: Glowbal Grill (opening 2015 at TELUS Garden), COAST Restaurant, Italian Kitchen, Trattoria Kitsilano, Society, Black+Blue, The Fish Shack, The Roof, Trattoria Park Royal and Trattoria Burnaby; and NOSH, the Group’s newest concept. The energy, bustle and allure of these celebrated Vancouver restaurants are what most people notice first. In addition, flawless service, exquisite wine lists, and some of the most inventive, celebrated cuisine in Vancouver define every restaurant in the collection.
Happy Wednesday great foodie friends, here is the 18th Annual readers choice awards brought to us from the Georgia Straight and really ulitmately you the readers.
Enjoy and use this list next time you are wondering where to head out for a great meal!
Aloha great Foodie friends,
A little gem hidden in paradise was what we found last night. From the moment you enter the views and atmosphere fill your eyes.
Merriman’s: One Bay Club Place, Lahina, Hawaii
Don’t make the mistake of driving to Lahina proper as this gem is in the other direction in Kapalua.
The handcrafted drinks are a great surprise along the lines of a “Speakeasy” cocktail truly made from scratch and the difference is noticeable.
Merriman’s Mai Tai- El Dorado rum, fresh lime, orange curaçao and lilikoi foam (a passion fruit foam) try the foam before you mix it in the drink then blend all the flavors together- delectable!
Parmesan truffle fries – the perfect starter to have with your handcrafted sips- a perfect blend of flavors and truffle used the right way…not overpowering.
Next up was the entrees.
USDA Prime grade Fillet of Beef (GF)- a perfectly grilled medium rare with pefect char, garlic whipped potatoes, kula green beans, Savoy cabbage topped with mustard brown butter emulsion.
The perfect bites always exist when flavor depth and textures meet. Every bite of this delectable dish was filled with flavor leaving you wanting for the next bite.
Lamb- I am going based on memory for all that was on this plate, but truly it was definitely a culinary wow in my books.
The lamb was “SousVide” (this is a method of cooking in an airtight plastic bag and placed in a low temprature controlled water bath) then finished to a perfect medium rare – medium (as requested) on the grill. Served with jalepeno whipped potateos, perfectly cooked kula green beans, creamed corn and what seemed to be a fresh salsa.
Every bite touched a different taste bud if that’s possible. Well done!
Dinner was served with a perfect sip of Heidi Schrock Austrian rose.
To finish off our Hawaiin themed dinner was:
Maui Gold Pinneapple and toasted macadamia nut bread pudding-
A perfect blend of Hawaiin flavors coupled with a traditional comfort food dessert topped with rum sauce and Haupia (coconut) icecream. Delectable!
You Gotta Try This!
My reviews are only my opinions based on my own observations and experiences. I always judge each outing on its own merits or lack thereof. With rare exceptions, I endeavor to keep criticisms respectful and objective. Anyone’s opinions may vary. It is my hope that you will find my comments helpful.”
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Happy March great foodie friends,
Pepper Lunch –has come to North America with its first location opening in Richmond on March 14th!
Location: 5951 No.3 Road, Richmond BC
What is Pepper Lunch?
Pepper Lunch is a DIY (means meal in store) fast service concept with over 200 outlets throughout Japan and Asia. Pepper Lunch offers a dynamic and fresh culinary experience by serving their fresh ingredients (fish, CAB steak, veggies and rice) on a hot cast iron plate for you to finish your meal to your liking (“sizzling it your way”)
Founded by Mr. Kunio Inchinose – he is said to see the world as a white canvas where he wishes to add colours with his restaurants to make the people happy.
The family that is bringing Pepper Lunch to Richmond has carefully taken the time to fine tune the great experience to the educated Palat of the lower mainland. They have ensured that the sauces are msg free. They have brought in CAB (Certified Angus Beef) and taken the time to send their head chef to Japan for extensive training to master the art.
Beef Pepper rice- truly a dish that screams “comfort food”
Served like all of their dishes with their signature pepper sauce.
Kobe hamburger with signature pepper sauce.
Cab –steak with signature pepper sauce
Fresh “Sushi” grade salmon served with the signature pepper sauce.
All of the meals come to you sizzling and ready for you to finish to your liking. On the table is also your choice of two msg free sauces- soy based with chili to give your dish a little kick. And a honey garlic sauce that is full of perfect flavor.
Look for Pepper Lunch to open March 14th and make a plan to head down for a fun and unique new experience and see for yourself all the rage of what most of Asia flocks to.
I was truly impressed with the passion of the ownership and staff at the commitment that they display not only in their words but truly in their actions as well as planning to bring the very best of this concept to please the customer with the best culinary experience.
This restaurant is great for families, friends, couples or a new twist for a business lunch.
You Gotta Try This!